It is been several weeks since my last post, and I’ll tell you why. This last month my life has been hectic for personal reasons. Our family just moved from Connecticut to Northern Virginia. Last March my husband started a new job in a company based in Washington D.C., so we relocated to this area. Since I got married 15 years ago we’ve moved several times (5 different cities/towns, 3 different countries), and we always loved the idea of starting a “new life” in a new place. And each place was special. Some of our dearest friends live in different parts of the world and thanks to the Internet we manage to keep in touch with them. We even have some reunions in rare occasions and they are pure joy! This time, however, it felt like we were finally settling down. We lived for five years in a beautiful town in CT, with a wonderful community where we met lovely people, our kids made their first good friends, and I started my own furniture refinishing business. We knew this move was the right thing to do but it was sad to leave behind the place we thought would be our home for many more years.
I am still a little nostalgic, but at the same time excited. I’m sure I will find wonderful places to go, things to do, and people to meet here in Virginia. One thing our nomadic life taught me was to appreciate the good things each place has to offer. There is no such thing as the perfect place. My family is my perfect place. I am happy as long as have my three men and five pets around 🙂
Now let’s talk about furniture. I refinished this buffet for a lady who had seen this desk I painted in metallic colors using layering technique. She wanted hers to have the same kind of finish, but instead of metallic, she chose different shades of beiges and browns to match her home’s neutral decor.
Here is how I refinished this beauty:
- Fixed little scratches with wood filler
- Wiped deglosser on the entire piece (the wood was in perfect condition, so no need to sand)
- Removed deglosser completely with TSP diluted in water
- Primed entire piece with Rustoleum Primer spray, white
- Spray painted one coat of Benjamin Moore Secluded Beach (light beige)
- Applied layers of a medium taupe paint using a chip brush. I added water to the paint to allow more time to work on long, linear strokes
- Applied layers of dark brown paint with a chip brush, also watering the paint so it would blend with the other color.
- In the areas that were too dark I went back with the medium taupe, and in the areas that were too light, I applied more of the dark brown until the whole piece had the right balance of colors. Adding water helped a lot to extend the time to work on areas I felt needed some change
- Painted raised trim with Modern Masters metallic paint, Champagne
- Sprayed 3 coats of Minwax Polycrylic Satin for protection.
And now.. pictures. Let me know what you think!
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Thanks for reading!